gathering"—the power of the form is called to our attention by the mention of unity. To be truly formed is to be brought into a unity. 83. For what is supremely one is the principle of all form. "And let the dry land appear," that is, let it receive form that is visible and free from confusion. It is good that the water is gathered so that the dry land might appear, that is, that the flow of matter might be checked and what is dark might be brought to light. "And so it was done"; perhaps this too was first carried out in the ideas of the intellectual nature. 84. Thus, the later addition, "And the water was gathered into one gathering, and the dry land appeared," would not seem superfluous, although it had already said, "And so it was done." Rather we should understand that the corporeal work followed after the rational and incorporeal work.
33· "And God called the dry land earth, and the gathering of water he called the sea." 85. The reason for these terms still raises [questions] for us. 86. For not all water is the sea, nor everything dry the earth. 87. Hence, what was water and what was dry land had to be separated by these terms. We can without absurdity interpret their distinction and formation as God's naming them. "And God saw that it was good." 88. Here the order is preserved; hence, let those things that have already been dealt with be applied to this passage as well.
34. "And God said, 'Let the earth bring forth the edible plants producing seed according to their own kind and likeness, and the fruit-tree bearing fruit, whose seed is in it ac‐____________________
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Publication information: Book title: On Genesis:Two Books on Genesis against the Manichees; And, on the Literal Interpretation of Genesis, an Unfinished Book. Contributors: Saint Augustine - Author, Roland J. S. J. Teske - Unknown. Publisher: Catholic University of America Press. Place of publication: Washington, DC. Publication year: 1990. Page number: 169.
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